Monica Lewinsky - the former White House intern who famously had an affair with president Bill Clinton - has written about their relationship for the first time and claims although the relationship was consensual, in the end she felt she was taken "advantage" of.
Lewinsky says Clinton and his administration made her their "scapegoat" in the media and political frenzy that followed the affair.
"Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship," she writes. "Any 'abuse' came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position."
On getting a job after the affair
Unsurprisingly, Lewinsky found navigating the job market afterwards more than a little tricky. Despite interviewing for many roles in charity, she was usually unsuccessful due to what potential future employers would refer to as her "history".
"I was never 'quite right' for the position," she writes. "In some cases, I was right for all the wrong reasons, as in 'Of course, your job would require you to attend our events.' And, of course, these would be events at which press would be in attendance."
So, yep, Lewnisky's got beef with Queen Bey's lyrics in her single 'Partition'. In fairness to her, we'd probably want accuracy if our story had been in the papers and satirised a million times too.
She writes: "Thanks, Beyoncé, but if we're verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton'd all on my gown,' not 'Monica Lewinsky'd.'" So there.
On the future
Lewinsky now wants to help "victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums". She believes she was probably the first person to be globally humiliated by the internet and gets what other people experiencing this are going through.
Want to read the full feature? Vanity Fair hits the newsstands on May 8th.
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